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Family Clusiidae

aspen wood fly - Clusiodes Fly - Clusia lateralis - male Clusia lateralis Clusiid Fly - Sobarocephala flaviseta - male Orange Fly 2 - Clusia occidentalis Flies - Clusiodes Sobarocephala Fly - Sobarocephala interrupta Sobarocephala? - Sobarocephala flaviseta
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Diptera (Flies)
No Taxon ("Acalyptratae")
Family Clusiidae
Explanation of Names
Clusiidae Handlirsch 1884
Numbers
43 spp. in 5 genera in our area(1), >360 spp. in 17 genera total(2)
Size
usually 2.5-6.0 mm(1)
Identification
most readily identified by an angulate extension on the outer margin of the pedicel, a dorsoapical arista (dorsobasal in other similar families) on an orbicuar first flagllomere, a complete subcosta, one subcostal break (indistinct in most Clusiodinae), one pair of vibrissae, and five or fewer fronto-orbital bristles(1)
Works Cited
1.Key to the World genera and North American species of Clusiidae (Diptera: Schizophora)
Lonsdale O., Cheung D.K.B., Marshall S.A. 2011. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 14.
2.Order Diptera Linnaeus, 1758. In: Zhang Z.-Q. (ed.) Animal biodiversity: An outline of higher-level classification...
Pape T., Blagoderov V., Mostovski M.B. 2011. Zootaxa 3148: 222–229.